Summer 2019
Food & Farming across the Golden Horseshoe
Delight Chocolate offers Ontario fruit ice cream & dairy-free options
Summer in Ontario brings certain  sweets  to mind, and to the delight of many, Jennifer Rashleigh and Jeff Brown have brought together two of the big ones: ice cream and fresh Ontario fruit.

We recently connected with Jeff to learn more about their dairy-free and local fruit ice creams, and the farms they source from.

“We have a great relationship dealing directly with our farm suppliers,” Jeff shares. “We have benefited from these relationship in that we now have a better understanding of the challenges that local farmers face.”

The Richardson farm family, Delight Chocolate's strawberry supplier, visiting their shop in Toronto
Growing Resilience in Durham Region
The Region of Durham has approved an Agriculture Sector Climate Adaptation Strategy, Growing Resilience , to strengthen and support their agricultural community in adapting to a changing climate.

“Preparing our communities to cope with and respond to the changing climate is an absolute necessity,” said John Henry,Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer. “Durham’s agricultural sector is an essential piece of our region’s social and economic fabric. We need to continue to support the agricultural community and local food system.” Read more .
Excellence in Agriculture Awards
Congratulations to the recent recipients of Ontario's Excellence in Agriculture Awards !

Read more about each of the recipients and their work here: Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario , Dairy Distillery , and Entomo Farms . (you might remember our past blog post on Entomo Farms here .)

The Excellence in Agriculture Awards seek to recognize agri-food businesses and individuals that have raised the bar for excellence, demonstrated leadership in their field, undertaken strategic product development that will benefit the sector, and/or advanced technological innovation
Plant-based Protein, Beyond a Fad
It's BBQ season, and beef burgers aren't the only burgers on people's minds and grills. Discussion about Beyond Meat has been everywhere lately, including articles like this one from CNBC , which explores whether it's "phenomenon or fad", or this article from CBC , which explains why this growing interest in plant-based foods could be a boost for Canadian pea farmers. Either way, it's a food trend certainly worth keeping an eye on.
York Region Food Network is hosting its first Youth Food Festival in Aurora on Thursday, August 22nd, inviting the community to come participate in a full day of activities, learn new food skills and hear from engaging speakers. Learn more and register here .
The 10th Annual Farmers of Uxbridge Night is taking place this year on Thursday, August 29th, where you can meet your local farmers, learn about agriculture, and buy fresh produce at the Uxbridge Arena Community Hall. See the event poster online here .
Funding Opportunity
The first stream of the Local Food Infrastructure Fund will begin accepting applications on August 15, 2019. Titled Infrastructure and Equipment Improvement Projects , the first stream aims to enable small community-based organizations to improve their infrastructure and purchase equipment that is directly related to the accessibility of healthy, nutritious, and ideally local foods within their community. Learn more .
Enjoy the rest of your summer, and find Farm Fresh with these regional maps, guides and resources!